14 February – 25 April 2011
An exhibition exploring the “Other” Shanghai by Merseyside based photography duo Ant-e-Art, will be on display on Renshaw Street. This unique collection of images aims to give the viewer an insight into the parts of the city not frequented by or shown to visitors or the media during the World Expo 2010. The exhibition can be viewed in the windows of the Watson Building (ex- Lewis’s).
Paradoxically, the idiosyncrasy of any city is at risk of vanishing among the lights and glamour, marketing and publicity that often accompany the organisation of a big event. Shanghai, the financial capital of China where Expo 2010 was held, is no exception. “The Other Shanghai” is a portrait of life in Shanghai and how this is lived outside the Expo precinct. It is a photographic attempt to keep alive and display some of the other Shanghainese culture and behaviour for everybody’s eyes, from returning “Expo-only-visitors” to “all-year-round” tourists in Liverpool, locals and anyone interested in cultures from all over the globe. In short, a photo-story that brings the different cultures of Shanghai and Liverpool closer together.
The artists discuss how the exhibition came about:
“The Other Shanghai’ started in Yue Yang road, when after taking photos of a dressed up mannequin against a graffiti wall, we attempted to have a drink in the pub across the road. It was only when we noticed the “sorry-we-are-closed” sign hanging off the window that we came across the name of the place: Abbey Road Pub. As both artists and adopted “Liverpudlians”, aware of the historical links between Liverpool and Shanghai, we felt the need to tell a story about some aspects of Shanghai’s idiosyncrasy through the lens. The aim was to complement the views and impressions of Shanghai that the public would get through all the marketing and publicity displayed as part of Expo 2010.
“The Other Shanghai” is dedicated to aimless wanderers, to those who observe, reflect and get easily entangled with what other cultures have to offer.”
Please call 0845 017 6660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This project has been generously support by Liverpool City Council’s Shops
Upfront Project, and the property was kindly supplied by Merepark.
Ant-e-Art ‘Chenghaung Miao Old City’